General Travel Alert

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By Peggy Hattendorf, Travel Editor


Much attention has been given, and rightfully so, regarding the Zika virus. In fact, The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised women who are pregnant to delay travel to countries where the mosquito-borne virus has been transmitted. Sexual transmissions of Zika virus from a male partner are possible, so travelers are also encouraged to use condoms. The infected Aedes species mosquito that carries the Zika virus also carries dengue and chikungunya viruses. The list of infected areas on the CDC’s website has continued to grow covering countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Scientific research is currently being conducted to determine if there is a link between the Zika virus and microcephaly in babies from mothers who contracted the virus while pregnant. Microcephaly is believed to cause incomplete brain development and small heads in babies. At present, there is no vaccine for the Zika virus.



We advise viewing the CDC’S website www.cdc.gov or contact the CDC for additional information – 800-232-4636 – before contemplating travel to any of the countries or territories listed on the CDC’s Active Zika Virus Transmission Locations.

In addition, if you do travel, we highly recommend if you booked through a travel professional to check for updated information. Discuss travel insurance and what it does and does not cover. If you booked directly with the travel suppliers contact them to understand how they are responsibly handling issues about the virus including what they are doing regarding guest rooms or cabins along with public areas at their properties or on cruise ships. Understand the options available if you cancel your trip.








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